WIP Wednesday: Ever-Changing Perspectives

Photo: Alessandro PaivaSo, a few days away from my latest WIP and the good news is I was quite excited by it when I gave it a quick reading before diving back into it. That's good, right?

Except…there's this other idea. Another new idea. It came to me after reading a few lines of an article. There I was, happily diving into a little light reading and bam! Two sentences in and there was a flash in my head of a story idea.

I'm not complaining. I love it when that happens. But didn't I already mention that I have a WIP pile that rivals my collection of argyle socks? (Author's Note: I have many,many pairs of argyle socks)

Needless to say, I'm kind of torn. My pile of WIPs is eyeing me suspiciously now. But what have those WIPs done for me lately? If the words (and ideas) were flowing, I would have completed them already. All I'm doing is running where my Muse takes me. I can't help it if this Shiny New Idea seems to hold more promise at the moment.

I'm a magpie. I like sparkly things. And this new idea – she's all blazing and brilliant right now.


My Current WIPS

  • a tweet-inspired tale that creeps me out a bit. I hope it does the same for my readers when it is complete!
  • that crazy, dream-inspired WIP has stalled at the moment. Not enough of a creep factor yet. Maybe the plot needs tweaking…
  • another idea for a serial is percolating behind-the-scenes. I've managed to stave it off for now. We'll see how long that lasts. But the outcome could be quite "dreadful"…
  • novel-series idea that I might try to explore in short story form first

That is barely the tip of the WIP-iceburg, but I'd rather have too many ideas than none.

Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:

If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.

Fellow members of The Creative Alliance:

Also, be sure to check out Part One of my interview with fellow author Ian Rogers. Part Two will be up tomorrow! And my interview with Jenny Beanses is coming up this Friday!

Above kaleidoscope photo:  Alessandro Paiva

10 comments to WIP Wednesday: Ever-Changing Perspectives

  • Aaron Polson  says:

    I always get myself in trouble by soliciting new ideas…once the gates are open. Ugh.

    I love those stories which creep me out while writing…and I hope the tweety-tale hits the spot.
    .-= Aaron Polson´s last blog ..WIP Wednesday: Here There Be Children =-.

    • Mary  says:

      I suppose it’s better to go with the flow then try to quell it. Besides, don’t we all do better when we’re a little bit nuts?

      The tweety-tale is going well. Maybe I’ll share the tweet in question at some point. Funny how a comment that’s less than 140 characters has inspired such a tale!

      Thanks for stopping by, Aaron!

  • Cate Gardner  says:

    I love new ideas, they fill me with excitement and hope. I hate new ideas, they make the thing I’m working on feel stale and boring.

    .-= Cate Gardner´s last blog ..WIP Wednesday: Turning the other *Butt* Cheek =-.

    • Mary  says:

      Exactly, Cate – we are birds of a feather on that one. Which is probably why I have so many unfinished WIPS right now!

  • Jenny Beans  says:

    despite the daunting prospect of another new idea to chew on, it’s a very good thing. Hopefully, you find some time to put it into words.
    .-= Jenny Beans´s last blog ..The Tao of Beans =-.

    • Mary  says:

      Thanks Jenny! I’ve managed to silence the whispers for now…

  • Katey  says:

    Sometimes I need to let the ideas bounce off each other and properly filter before I’m ready to decide on one… or I’m a magpie and that’s my excuse.

    “Shiny! Must have for my nest!”

    Yep. I feel you.
    .-= Katey´s last blog ..Short Stuff =-.

    • Mary  says:

      So does that mean we are hi-fiving squirrels with magpie wings? 😉

  • Drew Beatty  says:

    I have the same problem with new ideas, but I’m always reminded of some writing advice I read. I think it was Heinlein (some great old sf master anyhow) who said successful writers finish what they start. It’s hard to focus when you have a new kick ass idea, but finishing is an important skill to have!

    Enjoy your ideas.
    .-= Drew Beatty´s last blog ..Friday Fiction – Winking Existence Part One =-.

  • Nicole  says:

    I have a WIP that is creeping me out too because it’s pretty dark and scary. I can’t wait to see how it ends. I have two different ideas that I’m debating between, so I have no idea which is the right one to go with.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Jennifer Hudock Discusses Who She Would Cast in a Dark Journeys Tale =-.

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